Behind Closed Doors – Book Review

Today, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Robbie Cheadle, a wonderful poet and author of children’s books, paranormal historical, and supernatural fantasy. She is also a prolific baker of delicious cakes that she includes in her books and blog posts. I thoroughly enjoyed her poetry book, Behind Closed Doors.

Behind Closed Doors by Robbie Cheadle is a collection of various style poems such as freeform, tanka, haiku, and limerick. Robbie touches on many aspects of life evoking a myriad of emotions. She writes beautifully with strong convictions about marriage, motherhood, dreams, her struggles of working in the corporate world, living in lockdown during the pandemic, and about social issues she finds distressing. Whether her words speak of joy or anguish, they are fiercely passionate.

I personally connected to “Contrasting Colors” because of my strong marriage and relationship with my husband. Robbie creates a lovely metaphorical comparison between her and her husband, showing just how much they complement each other. I really liked the format of this poem. In “He Walks Away” her words paint the picture of her son who is no longer the little boy whose mom’s kisses cured all pain, but a young man who she will need to let go for him to find his way in the world. As an empty nester, my heart felt her bittersweet emotions.

Environmentally, I was drawn to “I saw a fish a-swimming” and “If the polar icecaps doth melt.” Robbie emphasizes the tragic effects of global warming not only on the planet, but on living creatures. She writes with concern and compassion, and some poems are written as twisted limericks bearing nothing but the truth. My stomach felt just as twisted after reading these powerful reminders. But even in trying times, Robbie includes, “Can you see the butterflies?” This poem offers delightful imagery, imploring the reader to dash outside in that very moment to embrace nature’s beauty.

I highly recommend Behind Closed Doors for fans who revel in finding themselves relating to the messages or scenarios, therefore sinking into the deeper meanings.

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you’ll pick up a copy of Robbie’s book. Simply click on “Buy on Amazon” below the image. You can also visit Robbie at her blog:

~Lauren Scott ❀️

119 thoughts on “Behind Closed Doors – Book Review

    1. You’re very welcome, Robbie! I’m so glad you’re happy with my review, and your book is well deserving. I loved it and am truly in awe of your writing ability and talent in many different genres. πŸ’ž

  1. Reblogged this on Robbie's inspiration and commented:
    Thank you to talented poet and blogger, Lauren Scott, for this wonderful review of Behind Closed Doors. For me, the strong resonation of my words and connection to my ideas with another lover of poetry is why I write and share my poems. Lauren has a lovely blog where she posts her poetry and stories of her hiking adventures with her husband. Do take a look around while you are there.

  2. Pingback: Book Review of Robbie Cheadle’s Behind Closed Doors #ReadingWithTheAuthors #PoetryPlace – PattysWorld

    1. Thanks for your wonderful words and visit, Annette, and for following me. πŸ™‚ Robbie sure does shine and she is so creative. It’s stunningly amazing how she does so much and does it all so well. πŸ₯°

  3. Jane Sturgeon

    I love how you wrote about the poems resonating with you, Lauren. Great review for Robbie, who is so talented and creative. I love her writing and her cooking. She is an inspiration. ❀ to you both. Xx

    1. Thanks for your lovely words, Jane. I love reading a book of poetry and having poems stand out that resonate so well. There were even more poems that I connected with, but I thought it best to keep the review to under one page. πŸ™‚ She is truly an inspiration with her writing of many genres, along with her cooking and baking. I read a recent interview of hers and my head is still spinning from all that she does. Her days must have more hours in them than ours do. πŸ™‚ Hugs! xoxo

  4. Latmospherique

    I really enjoyed your review Lauren and it’s nice to discover other voices too!
    I’ll check Robbie’s blog and book
    Thanks a lot and have a beautiful day.

    1. Hi Marie, I’m glad you enjoyed my review and are going to pay Robbie’s blog and her book a visit. πŸ™‚ I know you’ll love them both. Thanks so much for your support. xo

  5. I know Robbie quite well: She is awesome as an author and encourager of other authors. I have read several of her books including Behind Closed Doors, which I’ve also reviewed. She is prolific is an author, keeps up more than one website, bakes fanciful figures–and has a day job. I don’t know how she does it all.

    Thanks for featuring this fine author today, Lauren! πŸ˜€

  6. Hi,
    This is a lovely review of Robbie’s new book. I enjoy Robbie’s poetry and have her poetry book Open A New Door.
    Congratulations to Robbie and thank you for introducing her new release.
    All the best.
    Shalom aleichem

    1. Hi Pat,
      Thanks for your kind words about my review, and for your support to Robbie. I plan to read Open A New Door next. She is an amazing writer, to say the least. πŸ™‚ πŸ’—

  7. A lovely review for a great writer, who is truly in touch with her feelings and that makes her very easy to connect with. Thanks, Lauren, and congratulations to Robbie.

    1. Hi Teagan,
      Thanks for your kind words and support for Robbie. I understand how her poetry can convert you. You and Diana did the same for me regarding the fantasy genre. πŸ™‚ And thank you for using my “3 random things.” I’m excited to read! Hugs to you and Happy weekend ahead! πŸ₯°

  8. Lauren, a wonderful and touching review of Robbie’s poetic collection! She seems to have innate ability to thoroughly absorb all of life around her, see its profound nature and then share through various poetic formats. Your descriptions of some of her work here is beautiful and enticing! I feel like rushing out to catch the magic of butterflies … if it wasn’t for the rain and cold! Congratulations to Robbie on this superlative review and one I am sure will have her spirit dancing with joy!πŸ˜€

    1. Thanks, Annika, for your wonderful comment. You described Robbie’s writing to a tee. I smiled when reading about you wanting to rush out to catch the magic of butterflies if it wasn’t for the rain! Too funny. Please send us some rain; we’re heading into our 3rd year of severe drought. Anyway, thank you for stopping by and reading my review. I appreciate it and hope you’re doing well! xo

      1. Poor you and three years of drought! I can’t imagine that and so wish I could send you some of our rain. Our garden currently resembles a bog in parts and the downpour hasn’t stopped in 48 hours – but perfect excuse to enjoy my snug studio! Thank you, I am very well so far and beavering away!

      2. Enjoy the coziness and beavering away. That made me smile. πŸ™‚ It’s funny how the rain comes down in droves for some and doesn’t visit at all for others. One day at a time and continued hope. xo

    2. Hi Annika, I really appreciated Lauren’s thoughtful review. It is so special when someone connects to and understands your poetry. Thank you for your lovely comment, you have a wonderful way with words.

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